Best places to sell video games for the most money in September 2020

Best places to sell video games for the most money in September 2020



The next generation of video game consoles almost here. Last week, Sony held its PlayStation 5 Showcase. At the event, Sony shared PS5 release date and pricing information, and gave us a sneak peek at some upcoming PS5 exclusive games. Similarly, Microsoft will open up preorders for the powerful new Xbox Series X and Series S game consoles on September 22. With both companies launching their next-gen consoles in the second week of November, it’s time to start thinking of upgrading.

The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are set to ring in the next generation with a bang. Both consoles offer massive improvements in graphics and processing power — we’re talking support for high refresh rates, native 4k gaming, and real-time ray tracing. Unfortunately, this comes at a rather steep price. With both consoles priced at $499 for their high-end variants, many of us are left wondering how we’ll fund the upgrade.

This is where Swappa Gaming comes in. Selling your old game system is great way to help fund your upgrade. So keep reading, as we take a look at the best places to sell your used video game consoles for the most money.

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Where can I get the most money for my video game console?

The first thing you need to do is find out where you’ll make the most money for your game console. After all, you spent a lot of money on your PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or Switch — it’s only fair that you get a decent amount when you sell it!

Not too long ago, we covered the differences between selling used phones to trade-in programs versus selling them directly to another person. The same applies to game consoles. Selling your game console directly to another person on Swappa means that you get paid in cash, not some store gift card you’ll never use. And since selling on Swappa cuts out the greedy middlemen, you’ll always make more money. But how much more are we talking?

Where can I sell my video game console for the most money? Swappa, eBay, GameStop, Amazon, Best Buy, and Decluttr compared!
Resale value for Sony PlayStation 4, Microsoft Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Oculus Rift. Data collected on September 15, 2020.

The choice is clear: Swappa is the best place to sell your used game console for the most money. Our safe and easy-to-use marketplace is free from junk and scams, and you always get 100% of the true market value for your used console. On average, you’ll make twice as much cash selling on Swappa, and we keep you safe from scams that plague auction-style sites like eBay.

How much is my game console worth?

Now that we’ve covered the basics, it’s time to look at the raw numbers and find out exactly how much money you can get for your used video game system.

SwappaeBayGameStopAmazonBest BuyDecluttr
PlayStation 4$236$188$100N/A$90$90
PlayStation 4 Slim$257$175$130N/AN/A$110
PlayStation 4 Pro$315$240$175$174$175$120
Xbox One$206$120$75N/A$40$45
Xbox One S$216$149$100N/A$90$80
Xbox One X$335$229$175$170$150$140
Nintendo Switch$335$286$175$132$175$120
Switch Lite$200$176$125$132$175$55
Oculus Quest$367$228N/A$123N/AN/A
Data collected on September 15, 2020 (click here to learn more)

In general, Swappa gets you more than twice as much money as trade-in programs and resellers such as Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, and Declutter — and on Swappa you’re paid in cash rather than through gift cards you may never use. Swappa even gets you considerably more than you’d get on eBay, while sparing you from the hidden fees and scams that typically plague online auction sites.

When should you sell your video game console?

The Microsoft Xbox Series X and Series S will come out on November 10. The Sony PlayStation 5 will launch two days later, on November 12. This means that you have about a month and a half to sell your PlayStation 4 or Xbox One before the new models are released. Any time a new game console is released, prices for the older versions inevitably fall — so sell today to get the most cash for your used game system!

In addition, the current state of the world has forced many of us to spend more time at home than ever before. Because of this, interest in video games has been on a meteoric rise. The increased demand led to widespread retail shortages of popular video game systems such as the Nintendo Switch. And as a result, values on the second-hand market have increased dramatically. In other words, the best time to sell your used video game system is now.

Swappa is the fastest, easiest, and safest way to buy and sell used tech online. It doesn’t matter if it’s phones, tablets, cameras, wearables, or video games; Swappa will save you money. And thanks to our expert moderation team that manually reviews each listing before it goes live, transactions are as seamless and straight forward as possible. So what are you waiting for? Click the button below to sell your used video games today!

Where should I sell my game console?

Swappa

Swappa is a safe and easy-to-use marketplace to buy and sell gently used tech. We connect buyers and sellers directly, eliminating the greedy middlemen. So whether you’re buying or selling, the money stays in your hands. Every listing on Swappa is hand-screened by our expert moderation team before it goes live. And since Swappa has a strict no-junk policy, buyers can rest assured knowing they are getting a fully functional, gently used device that’s ready for use.

Benefits of selling on Swappa

  • Safe and easy-to-use
  • Expert moderation team keeps out junk and prevents scams before they happen
  • Strict “no junk” policy means buyers get a fully functional device, ready for use
  • No seller fees — ever!
  • Sell locally or online, wherever you prefer!
  • Swappa connects buyers and sellers directly, so there’s no greedy middlemen to take a cut!

Drawbacks of Swappa

  • Swappa’s “no junk” policy means that you can’t sell your broken devices on Swappa. Either get it fixed first or find another place to sell.

Simply put, Swappa is the best place to buy and sell your used tech. From used iPhones to game consoles like the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4; your best bet is Swappa. Click the button below to sell your used video games, consoles, and accessories today.

GameStop

Next on the list is GameStop, one of the most popular retail options for buying and selling video games and consoles, and a mainstay of the early 2000s. But just like Blockbuster and other relics of the past, there are far better options now that will get you more for your used tech.

By now, you’ve probably heard that GameStop isn’t exactly your best bet when it comes to selling used games. Just like with other trade-in programs, we’re dealing with middlemen, which means you get less than what you deserve for your used tech. It’s #GameOver for GameFlop, so make more by selling your gently used games, consoles, and accessories on Swappa Gaming.

Benefits of selling to GameStop

  • Finding a retail location is usually easy

Drawbacks of GameStop

  • More greedy middlemen, so less money ends up in your hands (typically less than half of what you’d get on Swappa)
  • Although you can sell some games and consoles for real money, you usually get a GameStop gift card instead
  • Not all game consoles and variants are accepted at any given time

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Amazon Trade-In Program

The Amazon Trade-In Program is another popular option if you’re looking to sell your game console from the comfort of your couch. It’s a safe and relatively hassle-free way to get rid of your used tech, but there are a few pitfalls that you should be aware of.

For starters, this is a Trade-In Program, which means you’re not selling directly to a buyer. Instead, you sell your game console to Amazon, which in turn sells your used console to a buyer. In other words, there’s a middleman taking a large cut.

Then, there’s how you get paid. On Swappa, you’re paid in cold, hard cash. And on Amazon? Gift card. Luckily you can buy all sorts of stuff on the Amazon marketplace, but we’d wager that most of us would rather get actual money than a gift card.

Finally, since Amazon’s end goal is to resell your game console to another buyer, they aren’t always looking for every device all the time. Instead, Amazon only accepts certain devices, which may not be what you own. So if your particular variant isn’t what they’re after, you simply can’t sell it using the Amazon Trade-In Program.

Benefits of selling on Amazon

  • Safe and relatively easy

Drawbacks of Amazon

  • You sell to Amazon rather than directly to a buyer, so you get less than half as much as you would on Swappa
  • You get paid in an Amazon gift card, not cash
  • Not all game consoles and variants are accepted at any given time
  • Extremely cumbersome navigation makes it hard to find your exact device

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Best Buy

The Best Buy Trade-In Program is very similar to the Amazon equivalent we looked at above. It’s a safe and easy way to get rid of your used tech — with some caveats. As its name implies, we’re dealing with another trade-in program. Since you don’t get to sell directly to a buyer, we have yet another greedy middleman taking a cut of the profits. As a result, the Best Buy Trade-In program gets you roughly a third as much as you could get by selling on Swappa Gaming.

Benefits of selling to Best Buy

  • Safe and easy
  • Retail shops available throughout the country

Drawbacks of Best Buy

  • You sell to Best Buy rather than a buyer, so you get less than a third as much as you would selling on Swappa
  • You get paid with a Best Buy Gift Card, rather than actual money
  • Not all game consoles and variants are accepted at any given time

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Decluttr

Next up is Decluttr. Just like the other options mentioned above, Decluttr works by buying your used gadgets and then reselling it to others. In other words, we’re talking about another trade-in program, which means more middlemen. Instead of selling directly to buyers, you’re selling to Declutter, so you’ll get less than half of what you get selling on Swappa Gaming.

Benefits of selling on Decluttr

  • Get paid in cash
  • Safe and easy

Drawbacks of Decluttr

  • Like all other trade-in programs, Decluttr pays less than half of what you’d make selling on Swappa
  • Not all game consoles and variants are accepted at any given time

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eBay

Finally, we get to eBay, one of the oldest and most well established online auction sites. Since eBay is a digital auction house rather than a reseller, buyers and sellers are connected directly. This means that you typically earn more on eBay than through trade-in and buyback programs. Sounds good, right?

Unfortunately, it’s not all roses when selling on eBay. From the plethora of scams to the hidden fees, you always have to be extra careful on eBay. On top of that, game consoles typically sell for around 8% more on Swappa, so our recommendation is to avoid the hassle and sell your gently used games, consoles, and accessories on Swappa Gaming.

Benefits of selling on eBay

  • Sell directly to buyers rather than to a reseller
  • You can sell anything, even broken devices

Drawbacks of eBay

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Storage sizes:

  • 500GB: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Slim, Xbox One, Xbox One S
  • 1TB: PlayStation 4 Pro, Xbox One X
  • 64GB: Oculus Quest

Swappa prices based on recently sold consoles in Good Condition as of September 20, 2020

eBay prices based on recently sold, auction-style listings without bundled games on September 20, 2020

GameStop prices based on official trade-in values for fully functional consoles with all accessories on September 20, 2020

Amazon prices based on official trade-in values for fully functional consoles without cracks, with a few scratches, and with all accessories on September 20, 2020

Best Buy prices based on official trade-in values for consoles in Good Condition and with all accessories on September 20, 2020

Decluttr prices based on official trade-in values for consoles in Good Condition on September 20, 2020